Newsbriefs: RA Symptoms; Arthritis Diagnosis; Neck Pain

Eat More Fish and Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms.

Eating fish twice a week can help alleviate rheumatoid arthritis disease activity, according to a study that appeared in Arthritis Care & Research in June 2017. Symptoms such as joint pain and inflammation were diminished in study participants who ate fish compared to those who never ate fish or ate it less than once a month. In general, fish consumption is linked with better overall health.

Ultrasound Is New Tool in Arthritis Diagnosis.

Developments in ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide earlier detection of joint inflammation, which could enable earlier treatment, thus slowing disease progression and reducing joint damage. Ultrasound is considered more flexible and accessible than MRI. In a study, researchers at University Medical Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, sought to determine which patients who presented with arthralgia (joint pain without inflammation) would develop inflammatory arthritis within one year. They found that 59 percent of patients who showed ultrasound synovitis (an inflammation of the joint lining) at baseline, before its clinical appearance, developed inflammatory arthritis within one year of follow up. Researchers said ultrasound’s added value is exclusionary— its ability to identify patients who will not develop inflammatory arthritis (Arthritis Research and Therapy, online, Sept. 15, 2017).

Tai Chi Effective for Neck Pain Relief.

Researchers found that 12 weeks of Tai Chi, a low-impact mind-body exercise, is as effective as neck exercises in providing relief for persistent neck pain, and more effective than no treatment. The small, randomized controlled trial comprised 114 participants. The report appeared in The Journal of Pain in September.

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